Varsity Head Coach
Coach Tom Cole is entering his 11th season as the head coach of the South Medford Lady Panther basketball team. In the 2 seasons prior to his arrival the South Medford Lady Panthers were 1 and 47. Since taking over the team in the 2007/2008 season Cole has transformed South Medford Lady Panther basketball into a regional and nationally recognized program. Over the last decade Coach Cole has compiled a record of 211 wins and 69 losses with a state record of 7 consecutive undefeated conference championships winning 90 straight SWC conference games. The Lady Panthers have also qualified for the state championships 7 consecutive times winning it in 2012 as the only team in Oregon high school basketball history to go undefeated at the 6A level. Cole has been awarded the SWC conference coach of the year 7 in 2011,12,13,14,15,16 and 17 and the Oregon state coach of the year in 2012.
Over the last 10 season Coach Cole has assisted 17 players in moving on to college basketball scholarships including 11 of them at the elite NCAA levels.
Hailing originally from Missouri Coach Cole has over 25 years of coaching experience. His most passionate pursuit however is his dedication to Kids Unlimited of Oregon a non- profit youth development agency he started 20 years go that today is responsible for providing over 1,500 youth per week with youth development programs including Kids Unlimited Academy, the region’s first public charter school dedicated to meeting the needs of children with vulnerable backgrounds.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Asistant coach Hannah Warren is an Oregon native from Corvallis. She studied biochemistry at the University of Montana and played basketball under coach Robin Selvig for the Lady Griz. During her 5 year career, Montana made 2 NCAA tournament appearances and one WNIT appearance. After graduating, she returned to Oregon and attended OSU to achieve her MS in Science Education. This is Hannah’s first year teaching chemistry at South Medford, as well as her first year with the Panthers.